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The Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration (the Administration) has been awarded the Gold Award within the "Asia-Pacific Sustainability Action Award" and the Bronze Award for the "Taiwan Sustainability Action Award."

Date:2022-08-25 Number of Visitors:608

The Administration, part of the Ministry of Transportation & Communications' Tourism Bureau, won the Gold Award for its effort called "Sunsets over Salt Fields – Traditional Industries and Sustainable Tourism Along the Southwest Coast." The focus is on sustainable development of regional tourism and related industries. The Bronze Award was received for the effort called "Protecting the Southwest Coast – Beginning with Salt." The Administration looks develop tourism niches in the post-pandemic environment.

The Southwest Coastal National Scenic Area has a long coastline that offers special wetland landscapes, including sandbars and lagoons. This environment supported vigorous development of the salt extraction industry, as well as aquaculture and other industries. After the sun-dried salt production ended in 2000, many cultural elements of great historical value remained intact. Starting from the Jingzaijiao tile-paved salt fields in Tainan's Beimen District, the Administration has transformed the former salt industry into leisure and tourism attractions. This includes green transportation and low-carbon tourism efforts that support the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). One example is the construction and improvement of bicycle lanes. The effort involves environmentally-friendly activities, such as local tourism training and slow bicycle tour activities. Positive word of mouth after visits by foreign tourists has helped residents better realize the preciousness of their culture. As a result, they have placed increasing importance on their cultural inheritance. In response to new trends in the international tourism market, the Administration has been actively implementing new programs that combine the historical salt industry with environmental education. This is providing new and sustainable economic opportunities for the local communities of the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area.

  • Sunsets over Salt Fields – Traditional Industries and Sustainable Tourism Along the Southwest Coast

    Sunsets over Salt Fields – Traditional Industries and Sustainable Tourism Along the Southwest Coast

  • Jingzaijiao Tile-paved Salt Fields

    Jingzaijiao Tile-paved Salt Fields

- Photo provided by the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration

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